The Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Westhay Moor NNR is home to some new and exciting Geocaches, hidden and waiting to be found by you. So what better way to explore the area during half term?
Gecoaching is an outdoor activity for all ages, taking place all over the world, in both rural and urban areas. Taking part involves using a GPS device or Smartphone to hide and find containers called geocaches or caches.
The Avalon Marshes Landscape Partnership team has been working with two local volunteers to set-up and maintain caches in out in the landscape, with the intention of drawing new visitors to the nature reserves, and to engage visiting Geocachers with the surroundings, celebrating both the wildlife and the heritage of the area.
Lots of Geocachers have already logged their finds online, with comments such as ‘Nice location that I wouldn't have known was here unless it was for the caches!’, and ‘This was a nice little series in a nature reserve with lots of different habitats, so really is worth the walk.’
Open to all
Anybody can become a member of Geocaching.com for free, and find out where there are caches to seek out either in their local area or in a place they are visiting (there are over 2 million around the world!). Once a member you can load the co-ordinates via a Smartphone or a GPS device, and start hunting.
Friday 25th October will see the launch of free downloadable activities linked to the Westhay Moor caches from the Avalon Marshes website (avalonmarshes.org), which will be available for the half term week.
Devices for hire
On Friday 1st November there will be the opportunity to hire GPS devices from the Avalon Marshes Centre, Shapwick Road, Westhay, BA6 9TT. Devices will be available from the Avalon Marshes Landscape Partnership team in the Natural England offices from 10am 5pm (last hire at 3pm) for a charge of £5 plus a refundable cash deposit of £20. There is limited availability and devices are hired on a first-come-first-serve basis. Please bring photo ID or proof of address along with your deposit. For more information contact Amy Stone on 01458 860 556, and look out for details of further caches in the area coming soon.
The Avalon Marshes Landscape Partnership is made up of Somerset Wildlife Trust, Natural England, the RSPB, Somerset County Council, the Hawk and Owl Trust, English Heritage and the Environment Agency. The Partnership works with local people, stakeholders and communities to deliver projects and activities that boost and enhance the wildlife and cultural heritage in the Avalon Marshes.